10. Jamie Foxx
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The name Foxx tends to jump out as a made-up stage name. Born Eric Marlon Bishop, the comedian at one point chose the gender-neutral name Jamie because he believed that female-sounding names got picked more often for standup gigs. The name Foxx was picked in homage to the comedian Redd Foxx, whom he admired.
No one can really tell if changing a name helps one’s career. Having a cool name can’t hurt, though. Do you know other celebrities who have changed their names for fame? Do you think these celebs made good choices?